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Those of you who have been to this site before already know about my 2008/2009 hit, “Obama Milli Remix.” And if you don’t, here’s the video below:

What you may not know is that after the song became popular, Cash Money/Young Money artist Tyga decided to make his OWN version of the song.  Basically, another person on YouTube remade the song’s beat (which I had remade from scratch based off the “A Milli” beat) using my “O-Bama” vocal in the background.  According to the next part of the story (as told to me by the guy who remade the beat), Tyga reached out to the guy for the beat so he could make his own version of the song.  If you haven’t heard it, here’s the song below:

I included my version of the song on my first iTunes album, “Attack of the Obama Milli Remix Guy,” so that it would draw attention to my album and people would buy it.  For my most recent album, “The Obama Milli Remix Guy Strikes Back,” I decided to include the version with Tyga to once again draw focus to the album.  (In short, everytime someone types in “Obama Milli” on iTunes, all 31 of the songs I currently have on their pop up.)

Now that the version with Tyga is my 3rd best-selling song (not bad, considering it’s been up less than a week), I figured I should advertise for it so more people will know about it and buy it!  Here are the links to download both versions:

  • “Obama Milli Remix” (Original Version) – Click HERE!
  • “Obama Milli Mega Remix” (feat. Tyga) – Click HERE!

While you’re at iTunes, be sure to preview/download some of my 0ther songs as well.  Thanks!

-A.P.T.

Now available @ iTunes (click HERE) and Amazon (click HERE)!

It is I again, A.P.T.!

Now that I’ve released my album, “The Obama Milli Remix Guy Strikes Back,” I’m already thinking about what my next music moves will be.

I don’t want to get into too many specifics – after all, there are plenty of people out there willing to steal a good idea when they hear it – but I will say this: Whereas this album was more about me being in attack mode, I think the next full album I release will probably go in a different direction.  What that direction will be I can’t yet say (meaning: I know what direction it will be but I want to keep it a surprise for now), but I think it will definitely be in a lane I’ve done before, one that I feel will prove to be even MORE successful.

In the meantime, I’ll probably start releasing more songs as singles as opposed to waiting until I have x-amount of material for an album.  Many of the ideas I have for individual songs are ones that wouldn’t necessarily fit into an album format per se (unless I go one of the many routes I’m thinking about for my next album), but I feel they would be more successful being released independent of a full album.

For example, my “No U Aint (Lakers Anthem Version)” song was released by itself, and is now my second best-selling song after “Obama Milli Remix.”  The way I see it, if I know the correct type of song to make at the correct time, I can make a good amount of money off solo song releases – and if there’s one thing I KNOW I’m good at, it’s recognizing opportunities to release certain types of songs for profit.

Anyway, that’s all I feel like typing now – Boondocks is about to come on, so I’m out!

-A.P.T.

Today’s music video is for the song “C. U. N.ext T.uesday,” from my newest album, “The Obama Milli Remix Guy Strikes Back!” (Produced by T. Whistle)

PREVIEW/DOWNLOAD THE SONG/ALBUM – Click HERE!

INSIGHT INTO A SONG

Back in April, we had a new person come to live with us.  His name is Terry, and he produces beats.

I should re-phrase that last part: he doesn’t just produce beats, he creates AUDIO MASTERPIECES.  I mean, the beats this dude can create are absolutely OUTSTANDING – everything from rock to techno, hip-hop, sample remixing, the works.  Everything down to the smallest detail is included in his beats, and he’s consistently cranking out bangers everyday.

With all that said: I was still working on my album when he first came here, and at the time I thought I had all the song ideas for it that I wanted.  I remember going to Las Vegas for the weekend to visit my Aunt and Uncle (and this girl I was seeing at the time); and when I came back I got home, went to bed, woke up the next morning, and Terry was in the living room playing back a song he had worked on the day before.

The song had no title, but his verses had been inspired by an ex-girlfriend who had called him the day before.  It was a verse talking about being angry, calling her various names, and other things that one feels when a girl has done various wrongs to them.  He had split his 16-bars into two verses, both followed by a chorus, and then…. nothing.

Yes, there was an entire 16-bar section left with no one on it.  I believe he had asked Joe, my other roommate, to be on it, but he had suggested that I may be a better fit for the song.

I listened to his verse one time – ONE time – and was instantly inspired to write something.

I found a pen as fast as I could, and just started to write some of the craziest, most profane stuff I could think of.  Granted, when it comes to rapping I don’t usually like to use too many curse words – after all, I’d like my Mom to be able to hear these songs should I decide to make a video for them.

At the same time, though, I have felt similar emotions to what Terry had spit during his verse.  When someone does you wrong, or cheats on you, or breaks up with you, the LAST thing you want to feel is happy, upbeat rational.  And, usually, you feel like cussing the other person out.  Thus, giving me an excuse to use bad language in this song.

As for the stuff I wrote about?  I can’t even quote it here – you’ll just have to watch the video!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1. The song is only 2 minutes and 37 seconds long, yet was probably one of the longer recording sessions I’ve done.  When I’m recording by myself I usually do just a few takes for layers purposes; with this one, though, Terry had me saying my verse over and over again, at least a good 10 to 15 times.  We also had the song professionally mixed by a friend of his – this is one of the more polished-sounding songs currently in my catalog!

2. Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the title!  Well, back in 2004 I recorded an album called “This is ONLY a Demo.”  That album had a song on it called “C.U.Next.Tuesday” as well – it was a song where I tied a girl up to a chair, cried my eyes out to her about how I thought we were going to be together (before she chose someone else instead), then killed both of us off before the cops arrive.  However, I couldn’t actually sell that song since I didn’t own the beat, and the song sounded kinda pathetic to me now that I’m no longer such a wussy guy.  But, I figured it would be a GREAT title for this song since, once again, we’re dissing ex-girls.  I’m assuming you can figure out what the acronym of the title is…

INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT

After we recorded the song in April, we figured we should shoot a video for it.  I believe we started shooting it the very next day.

The idea was to make it a very simple, yet stylized video.  We shot our parts in front of a green screen, in different outfits, and at different angles (close-up shots, farther shots).  After we shot a few segments for it I began the process of editing it.

And then, life got in the way.

Specifically, there were special events and other opportunities coming up that warranted me making videos for other songs that would get me more attention and/or money at the time.  First, I had to make a video for “The Betty White Song (I’m Makin’ Moves)” because Betty White was hosting SNL in early May.  Then, I connected up with the Mixdown crew at KJLH to make a song for their NO U AINT shirts called – what else? – “No U Aint.” THEN, I figured I needed to make a remix version of THAT song for the Lakers since they were in the finals, which meant making a video for “No U Aint (Lakers Anthem Version)” as well. (Which was a GREAT idea, as it’s now the #2-selling Lakers-theme song on iTunes!)

In the midst of all this, I got the idea to make the “C.U.N.ext T.uesday” video not just something flashy-looking, but something with a plot as well.  I decided it would be a good idea to make it a video where the ex-girlfriend being talked about in the video comes home to watch TV, only to discover our song in different video forms being played on every channel she turns to.

The hardest part was finding girls to stop by and help us out.  We had some girls who came by to hang out but didn’t think they were dressed appropriately, while others were camera shy.  Our neighbor upstairs volunteered to help us, but at times either she ended up being busy or tired, or I’d be out and about filming other things around town.

Ironically, while the hardest part was trying to get girls we knew very well to help us, the girls that ended up being in the video are girls we had NEVER met before that night.  Another rapper friend of ours stopped by with the two lovely ladies… but it was around 12 AM in the morning.  By 2 AM I was doing all I could to stay awake, and I was about to go to bed when I thought to myself:

“Hey, wait a minute… there are two girls over there, and we could use two girls for the video…”

I asked them if they’d be willing to shoot a part for the video, and they said “yes” without hesitation.  Now THAT’S the kind of people I like to work with!

And so it was that, at 2 AM in the morning, we shot two girls reacting to the stuff they’d be seeing us do on-screen.  After that, all the shots for the video were complete…

NOT!

Oh no, we weren’t done just yet!  The shots of ourselves we’d taken back in April were great, except for ONE small problem – they were ALL green screen.  I thought it would be nice to get a couple of location shots to boot.  Terry and I had found a nice closed-in alleyway with graffiti on its walls while attending another video shoot one day.  We went back to it one afternoon and took some solo and group performance shots just as the sun was starting to set.  A couple of days later while riding in the car, I got the brilliant idea of taking the camera out and taking some more footage of us performing the song.

All of this, and I haven’t even talked about the editing yet!

To make it short: I didn’t just want each scene to be us in front with the green background having the only effect placed on it.  When you look at the video, you’ll notice shots where just the background is changed, while other shots have the background AND us with a video effect.  Even with the shot of us in the car, I made it look like a moving half-real/half-cartoon hybrid.  Definitely adds some interesting flavor to the video!

Overall, this is one of the most ambitious videos I’ve ever edited or put together for ANYONE.  I think part of it was Terry’s insistence that this video be a true representation of how good our stuff is, as opposed to just “throwing something out there.”  I don’t know how many views it will end up getting, but I’m definitely proud of the product – both song-wise and video-wise – that have been put together!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1. The day we shot the graffiti wall footage, I had a date I was supposed to be at 30 minutes after filming.  My biggest worry was not sweating too hard when I did my takes because I didn’t want to smell bad.  We got all of our shots and then drove as fast as we could to get me to the movie theater on time… and it turned out to be the wrong theater.  And it was closed.  And, when I called my date, it turns out the theater we were SUPPOSED to go to was ALSO closed.

2. All of the video effects used are built in to the Final Cut Pro 7 program.  So no, I am not a graphic designer – I just know how to make stuff look cool!

3. To make us look like our video was on TV, I shot 3 minutes of still camera facing towards a TV.  Then, I had to take a picture of a blank black color off the net and paste it onto where the glass of the TV was.  THEN, I had to paste our videos over top of that. It’s all about layering, people!

4. While filming the car scenes, there were a few cars who drove along side us and were just staring at us.  What, they haven’t seen anyone filming a music video in a car before?!?

5. There is a background used where T. Whistle and I are in black-and-white and it looks like a barrage of red kaleidoscopic things are happening in the background.  That’s actually a picture of a brick wall that I remixed into something funky-looking!

6. T. Whistle has one of his shots with a “C U Next Tuesday” banner in the background.  That’s actually the banner for an online women’s lingerie company with the same name.  Who knew?

7. In the first part of T. Whistle’s second verse he says “Do I look like NORBIT, ’cause I think you is Rasputa.”  Both characters are from the film “Norbit,” and he thought it would be a good idea to show mini-flashes of them at the parts where he said their names.

8. Oh yeah – the beginning “warning” text is an ode to South Park (my favorite show)… and also a warning to my Mom to NOT watch this video.  She doesn’t like to hear cussing (and yet, for some reason blood, guts, fighting and violence doesn’t bug her at all!).

That’s all for now – enjoy the video! You can get the song off my new album, “The Obama Milli Remix Guy Strikes Back,” which you can get HERE!

-A.P.T.

Today’s music video is for the song “No U Aint” – the Lakers 2010 Finals Anthem Remix (produced by K.K.O.F.)

DOWNLOAD FOR .99 CENTS – Click HERE (Amazon) or HERE (iTunes)

INSIGHT INTO A SONG:

After I released the original version of “No U Aint” (which can be seen HERE), I knew I wanted to make a Lakers’ version of the song.  At the time, they had just won the Western conference playoffs and were now heading into the finals against the Boston Celtics.  Furthermore, the “No U Aint” shirt creators had made 2 versions of the shirt that utilized the Lakers’ uniform colors, gold and purple, so I thought it’d be a good way to give the Lakers AND the shirts some more promo.

Unfortunately for me, there was just one SMALL problem: I have never really been much of a sports watcher.  Aside from the big names on the team (Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Derek Fisher), I didn’t really know much about the player or the team to write as good of a song as I could were I a bit more knowledgeable about them.

So, I did what any guy in my situation would do – RESEARCH!

I went on Wikipedia, did a few read-ups on the teams and some of its players (as well as on Boston’s team and players), and started formulating ideas about what I could say in the song.

Since the song is a remixing of the original “No U Aint,” I had to keep the general idea of telling an opposite entity that they could NOT do something – in this case, the Boston Celtics. I go to town on them about some of their players not being as good as they think, their team not being as good as they think, and their chances of winning this year’s championship not being as… well, you get the idea.

When I started writing the song, though, another problem occurred: the Lakers were actually DOWN in the finals series by a game, and their chances of actually winning it this year was looking slimmer and slimmer.

Despite this, I released the song to iTunes, and prayed to God that the Lakers would step their game back up so (a) they’d win, and (b) I’d be able to make song sales a LOT easier.  And they did, so… YAY!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1. Prior to making this song, I had NO idea who most of the players were. To get a better understanding of what I was writing about, I started watching games.  The more I watched, the more I actually got into watching them.  Who knows, I might actually start following the sport next year!

2. There’s a couple of lines in the song where it may sound like I’m dissing the Lakers, but I’m not.  I say “Winning titles back to back (no u aint, no u aint) and you did it without Shaq? (no u aint, no u aint).”  The first line is actually doubting the ability of the Celtics to win, while the second line is actually meant to be a dig at Shaq, who once said the Lakers couldn’t win a championship without him.

3. Whereas the original version of “No U Aint” took me 15-20 minutes to write for the verses, this version took me almost 2 days.

INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT:

During one of the games, I went to spend time with the rest of the “No U Aint” shirt crew (i.e. my peeps from the KJLH Mixtdown show on 102. 3 FM – listen to it each Saturday, people!).  My friend Joe brought along a camera and we filmed them wearing/holding up the shirts and saying “NO U AINT” a bunch of times into the camera.

I later decided to use this footage, along with footage from the first “No U Aint” video, for the remix version.  In addition, I found clips of game 7 on YouTube, as well as footage of Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest in post-game interviews, to put into the mix as well.

That’s pretty much it.

Some Interesting Video Shoot Tidbits

1. The guy wearing the black & red “No U Aint” shirt was actually rooting for the Celtics 😦

2. The woman in the beginning of the video is YoYo, a hip-hop artist who was on Ice Cube’s song “Don’t Play With My YoYo” in the 90s.

3. The girl sitting down who’s wearing the purple shirt with gold “No U Aint” letters is the same girl that shot the footage for the opening of the first “No U Aint” video on her phone.  She had actually taken a shot of herself in that footage but I cut it out because I didn’t know if she’d want me to use her image in the video.  At the shoot for this one I asked her if she would have been cool with it and she said “of course!” So now, I put her in this video 🙂

That’s all for now – download the song and support your 2010 world champs!

-A.P.T.

A.P.T.’s new album now available for download at http://tinyurl.com/aptstrikesback

Featuring “The Betty White Song (I’m Makin’ Moves),” “No Memories”
and the soon-to-be #1 summer anthem, “NO U AINT!” For track listing, click HERE!

Long time fans of mine (i.e. those whose radar I’ve been on since I started this site in 2008) may notice something about my recently released “new” albums: that the majority of the songs on those albums aren’t actually “new” songs, but rather re-releases of songs I put on albums first released during my “One-song-a-week” project.

Given that I’m always coming up with new songs, why would I decide to re-release songs I already put out for people to purchase?

1. QUALITY UPGRADE

When I first recorded some of those songs, I didn’t have anywhere near the equipment I had now.  I had a low-budget mic as opposed to a studio mic; my mixing equipment wasn’t the best (meaning sometimes my vocals and/or beats didn’t sound quite the way I wanted them to); and the atmosphere I recorded in (a studio apartment with neighbors who were sensitive to hearing too much noise) wasn’t as recording-friendly as the places I moved afterward.  This meant I wasn’t able to always record with a louder voice or in as many takes as I needed to.

2. “…WHADDAYA MEAN I CAN POST SONGS UP ON iTUNES!?”

I didn’t figure out how to post my albums/songs up on iTunes until late in the “Obama Milli Remix’s” popularity.  Therefore, my first two albums – “The A.P.T. LP” and “The Great Black Hope” – wasn’t known about by that many people.  The service I was using to sell my songs – Payloadz.com – was an okay service, but it didn’t (and still doesn’t) have nearly as much promotional power as iTunes did, so a lot of those songs either went unnoticed or unpurchased.

3. MOST OF THE SONGS ARE STILL RELEVANT

When creating most of my songs, I try not to include too many “current” references (unless it’s a song involving a cultural event or phenomenon, like “Kate Gosselin is a Bitch” or “The KKK-ramer Song”).  This means I can re-record songs for newer albums and they won’t seem like dated ideas.

4. PEOPLE STILL ASK TO PURCHASE MY OLDER SONGS

Just last week I had someone ask me where they could buy “The KKK-ramer Song,” which has been out for almost 3 years.  As you can see, people are still clamoring for some of my older songs, especially now that I’ve taken them down.

Will I continue to re-release my older songs? Well, I only have a few more left that I can re-record. But, while my hard core fans may have heard and bought those songs, the reality is there are plenty more people who have NOT, so I’m sure I’ll re-record some of those songs and put them together with some new stuff for my next album (which will probably come out near the end of this year).  I’m just happy I have the equipment to make those songs sound better, ’cause I really hate listening to good songs with bad mixing!

-A.P.T.

Perhaps you’ve seen my most recent flier:

That’s right – I’m having an ALBUM RELEASE PARTY in Hollywood this week.

In looking at the past two years of my life, I’ve managed to achieve quite a lot on my own.  Care for a short list?

  • I got a song on radio
  • I got paid for a beat/song, which helped me move to Cali
  • I produced, starred in, directed and edited over 70 music videos for myself (and a couple for others)
  • I released not one, but TWO albums online (“Attack of the Obama Milli Remix Guy” and “The Obama Milli Remix Guy Strikes Back!”), both of which are currently making me money
  • I collaborated with a radio station crew to promote shirts that I’m now actively selling
  • And – of course – I have an ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

Despite all these wonderful things, I’m still not quite at the level I’d like to be.

My main problem? I really, REALLY don’t like talking to people.  I hate trying to negotiate deals with people, or trying to talk to people about my stuff and why they should allow me to work with them in some capacity (i.e. perform at their venue, work with their artist, sell them my beats, etc.).

What I’d really, REALLY like, is to be able to get a manager or agent to do all that stuff for me.

Up to this point, though, I haven’t been able to snag one.  Which is mind-boggling to me, considering the things I just listed above.  There are artists that haven’t even accomplished a FRACTION of the stuff I’ve done by myself, yet they somehow find people to be their manager/agent.

The irony of the situation is, in order for me to find someone to talk out deals for me, I have to find someone first and then talk to them about myself.  Which is what I’m trying to hire someone to do for me in the first place!

At this point, I don’t know what I’d have to show someone to prove to them that I’d be worth their time.  I make great songs, I have videos on YouTube receiving tens of thousands of hits, I’ve sold over 2500 songs in the last 6 months alone… what else do people need to see in order to have a sit-down with me and agree to manage me???

Now, some might read this and say, “But A.P.T., if you’re already doing this stuff by yourself, and succeeding at it, why would you even want an agent or manager?”

Why? Because, realistically, it’d be easier for me to do things like write songs and work on performances if I didn’t have to also focus my energy on negotiating performance venues or concert monies.  And, it’d be easier for me to get my songs/beats to people by word of mouth from someone already respected in the field, as opposed to how it is now when I try to submit my stuff and get looked over because I’m not as well known as, say, an Eminem or Lil’ Wayne.

I say all that to say, I hope that, someday soon, I’ll be able to get a manager or agent to help me out.  Until then, I’ll just keep chuggin’ along while doin’ it all myself… ugh…

-A.P.T.

A.P.T.’s new album now available for download/preview at http://tinyurl.com/aptstrikesback

Yeah… I think the flier says it all 🙂

-A.P.T.

A.P.T.’s new album now available for download at http://tinyurl.com/aptstrikesback

Featuring “The Betty White Song (I’m Makin’ Moves),” “No Memories”
and the soon-to-be #1 summer anthem, “NO U AINT!” For track listing, click HERE!

Today’s music video is for the song “NO U AINT” (produced by K.K.O.F.)

HELP MAKE THIS THE #1 SONG IN THE WORLD – DOWNLOAD IT HERE AND REQUEST IT ON RADIO AND AT THE CLUBS!

INSIGHT INTO A SONG:

This was actually not a planned song for the album, or a planned song in my head at all.  I got up one morning and went to Facebook (as I do everyday) and noticed that a few of my FB friends had replaced their profile pictures with the words “NO U AINT” printed in red letters against a black background.

Normally I wouldn’t have thought anything of it… but the fact that 5 people had the same picture had me curious.  So I did some investigating, and it turned out that (a) all 5 people worked at the KJLH 102.3 radio station here in L.A. (which is not even 5 minutes from my apartment); and (b) the pic was actually a close-up shot of a t-shirt they made with the slogan “NO U AINT.”

It also turns out that they were selling the shirts, and people were actually leaving them wall messages asking for purchase information.

Upon knowing all this, my brain processed the info like this:

#REACTION 1: “HA HA HA, what a funny slogan for a shirt!  That’s awesome…”

#REACTION 2: “Man, that shirt should have a theme song to it or something…”

#REACTION 3: “Hey, wait a minute… I could write a theme song to it or something!!!”

I didn’t know if they’d be receptive to me making a song for the shirt… but at the time, I didn’t really care.  I figured I had a short time span to create a song before someone else beat me to the punch;  I immediately went through my catalog of beats and found one sent to me by ATL producer K.K.O.F. that sounded PERFECT (bouncy, powerful, and very very catchy).  After that I grabbed a pen, found the nearest piece of paper I could, and just started writing.

The writing of the song wasn’t that hard.  In fact, once I had the idea down that I wanted to chant “No U Aint” at the end of each line, the verses themselves only took 15 or 20 minutes to write.  The hardest part of the whole song to write was the chorus – that took me about another hour or so.

In writing the song, there were a bunch of things I had to think about.  This isn’t a song where I could just write anything – it had to be catchy, something that would instantly grab people’s ears, yet could also be played on radio and/or used in future advertisements should they ever decide to advertise the shirts on TV or radio.

I wanted the basic focus of the song to be similar to that of the “Frontin'” song I recorded/made a video for a few weeks ago: a song calling out people who lie about things they don’t have, or think things about themselves that just aren’t true.

I also wanted the song to sound like it was professionally recorded, mixed and mastered.  Although I’m “okay” at doing my own mix-downs, I knew that something of this magnitude would be more effective if mixed by people who have done this for longer than me.

Luckily, my roommate Terry, a.k.a. T. Whistle (a.k.a. the guy holding the guitar in the video), has recording equipment I don’t have (i.e. Pro-Tools, a REAL studio mic) and a friend down in Florida who has been mixing and mastering songs for decades. I recorded the track, he sent it down to his friend in Florida, and it came back soundin’ like pure GOLD!

I sent the track to my friend Rhea (works at the station and is also an alumnus of my college, the oh-so-prestigious Hampton University in Hampton, VA) to see if she and the rest of the group approved of the song.  I think they had someone else who was going to record a “No U Aint” song… but ever since I gave my version to them, I haven’t heard much about it 🙂

Side note: I am now also helping to sell shirts, and they have proven to be quite popular! If you’re interested in purchasing a shirt, click HERE for order information!

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1. I wanted to record the song saying “No U Aint” at the end of every line.  Terry thought it would be too monotonous to say it all the time, so we actually wrote out other things for me to say at the end of some of the lines.  However, I didn’t know where or when I wanted to make those changes.  We recorded the version with me saying “No U Aint” at the end of every line as placeholders until I could record in the other lines later.  Of course, for me it was a timing issue: I was going to see Rhea later that night and wanted to have a version for her to hear, so I made her a copy of the song with just “No U Aint” being said at the end of each line.  She liked it, so I didn’t feel the need to change it at that point.

2. I also recorded a Lakers’ 2010 Finals version.  They made Gold-and-Purple versions of the shirt (the team’s colors), and I thought it would be cool to have something Lakers’ fans could play to cool off the fans of hatred coming from Boston Celtic lovers.

3. I recorded more layers for this version than any song I’ve done up to this point.  I wanted it to sound like a crowd was chanting the song, but that meant having to record take after take after take after take of each line.  I could barely talk by the end of the recording session!

INSIGHT INTO A VIDEO SHOOT

Okay, so I had a different idea for the video shoot which I may still end up using in the long run.  It’s more professional, and will hopefully have more people in it…

With that said, I had an album that came out yesterday and, aside from a few album reviews I’ve done, I didn’t have any new videos.  Since I’m promoting the heck out of this song AND trying to sell shirts, I knew I had to make a video for it even if it was just me in the video.

The shoot itself was very easy.  I filmed myself in front of my green screen in my “No U Aint” shirt (gold and yellow) and shorts, then in my Michael Jackson shirt with blue jeans.  I asked my roommate Terry to make a cameo in the video, and I also asked K.K.O.F. to send me footage of him mouthing the “No U Aint” parts of the song so he could be in it as well.

As usual, the longest part of editing the video was the green screen – specifically, finding and choosing what backgrounds and pictures to use to make the video most effective.  I also made sure to include pics of the KJLH mixdown crew who are involved with the “No U Aint” shirts, and gave them a shout out at the end.

That’s pretty much it.  Like I said, I hope to record a more interactive video to the song at a later date… but you know me, when I have something I want to film, I do with what I have and turn it into something – and actually, I think it turned out pretty darn good!

Some Interesting Video Shoot Tidbits:

1. Terry is wearing an old school shirt.  On the front it has a black Bart Simpson; on the back, it has M.C. Hammer!

2. I did 2 takes of me in the Lakers’ shirt, and 2 takes of me in the MJ shirt.  I ended up using one take from each in the video.  Clearly, I don’t like having to look through a bunch of footage when I edit!

3. The footage at the beginning of the video was sent to me by Rhea.  I think her and her friends were somewhere in downtown L.A. and the dude yelling “No U Aint!” in the video saw Rhea’s friend Kelli’s shirt.  I thought it was pretty hilarious, and a great way to start off the video.

4. The green fuzzy “Bad TV” effect on the shots of me in the MJ shirt was added last minute, as was the effect over Terry’s footage.  It looks like a creative decision, but in reality… when I did the green screen for the MJ shirt shot and exported it out, I did so without realizing that (a) there were small jagged green outlines around my body, and (b) a small part of my shirt that the background picture could be seen through.  Rather than re-rendering that whole shot over, I decided to add the green fuzz “Bad TV” effect.  And, since I now had one shot with a graphic effect, I figured I should add one more to one of the other shots – and I chose to do it to the one with Terry in it.

5. While looking up pics to use for the video, I found a “Black Card” picture with the initials “A. L. Taylor”.  My initials are “A. P. Taylor,” so I thought it would be a GREAT idea to use the graphic in the backdrop for the part where I say “Plus you got a black card?”  My friend Joe was able to photo-shop the “L” and turn it into a “P.” Pretty cool, huh?

6. I chose to wear the Michael Jackson shirt in the video because this month is the 1-year anniversary of his death. R.I.P., MJ!

That’s all for now – enjoy the video, and be sure to request it on radio and at the clubs!! (Oh, and download it too!)

-A.P.T.

A.P.T.’s new album now available for download at http://tinyurl.com/aptstrikesback

Featuring “The Betty White Song (I’m Makin’ Moves),” “No Memories”
and the soon-to-be #1 summer anthem, “NO U AINT!” For track listing, click HERE!

Eminem’s new album, “Recovery,” leaked 2 weeks early.  So of course, I had to listen to it and review it.  Is this album better than his last album, or has Slim Shady fallen off for good?  Watch the review and find out!

-A.P.T.

Now available for download at http://tinyurl.com/aptstrikesback

Featuring “The Betty White Song (I’m Makin’ Moves),” “No Memories”
and the soon-to-be #1 summer anthem, “NO U AINT!”

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I’m a guy who likes to dream big dreams.

When I moved to Atlanta almost 3 years ago, I had a dream of getting my song played on radio.  1.5 years later, my “Obama Milli Remix” song got real popular, and played on radio stations worldwide.

Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to get my song to iTunes at the time, so it didn’t quite register on the charts.

Now that I DO know how to do all that, I have one mission for the summer: to get one of my songs to the top of the Billboard and iTunes charts.

Right now, my song “No U Aint” is getting the most favorable reaction – everyone I’ve played it for/every person who’s seen me perform it loves the song.  The beat (produced by ATL’s own K.K.O.F.) is infectious, the lyrics are sing-songy, and it’s a sentiment everyone can relate to.

I WANT THIS SONG TO GET TO #1, PEOPLE!

As I have found, when you speak things into the universe, they tend to happen.  Therefore, I’m saying it right now: “NO U AINT” WILL be a #1 song on the charts this year.

I don’t know how I’m going to get it done, but it’s going to happen.  I’m going to push the heck out of the song and send it to every radio station I can, and perform it at every venue I perform at until DJs start spinning it regularly and it starts to catch on.  But mark my words, it WILL be a hit.

So, how can you help? Easy:

  1. Listen to the song or watch the video.
  2. If you like the song, download it from iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, or a plethora of other stores (yes, it’s already been sent)
  3. REQUEST THE SONG AT RADIO AND IN THE CLUBS.  Yes, call your local station and pester them until they play it; go to the club and hand the DJ a copy of the song.

This is going to happen.  It has to – it’s been typed out for the whole world to see.  Let’s do it, people!

-A.P.T.